Sugrue leads four Cork golfers in top 20 at Munster Youths

Monkstown Clubhouse

Early morning sunshine burns away the frost from the clubhouse at Monkstown as Day 2 at the Munster Youths gets underway. Picture Niall O’Shea

Mallow’s James Sugrue is the best placed Cork golfer going into the final round of the Munster Youths at Monkstown Golf Club.  The 2014 winner is three shot behind leader Jack McDonnell who shot 73 to finish on -1.  Sugrue is tied for second on +2, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam is also on +2.

Kinsale’s Eric Rumley followed yesterday’s 70 with a 76 and that saw him drop from 3rd to a tie for 12th.  John Murphy is also tied for 12th place, both are seven shots off the lead so at best their chances of winning are marginal.  Cathal Butler is the third of four Kinsale golfers to make the cut, he added a 71 today to his 74 from yesterday, he is now in 6th place but is six strokes off the lead.

Munster Youths Amateur Open Scoring

Adam McSweeney (Douglas) finished in 24th place along with Alan Riordan (Muskerry).  Bandon’s Brian O’Connell was a shot Continue reading

Last Call for Munster Strokeplay entries

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Munster Strokeplay Champion Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin) pictured at Cork Golf Club with Officers Robin Turnbull, President, Lady President Ann Kos, Captain Fergal Deasy, Lady Captain Katherine O’Kelly Lynch and Liam Harkin, GUI Munster Branch. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Entries for the Munster Strokeplay will close on Saturday 2nd April.  The 72 hole championship event will be hosted by Cork Golf Club on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May.

Link to Munster Strokeplay online entry

Currently there are 25 entrants playing off plus handicaps with a further 20 golfers playing off scratch.  Former winner Pat Murray leads the entrants on +3.8 and the field also includes former three time winner Niall Gorey (+2.0).  Former tour pro Peter O’Keeffe (+2.1) makes his championship debut after regaining Continue reading

Rumley leads Cork golfers at Munster Youths

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals

Eric Rumley

Kinsale’s Eric Rumley led the Cork golfers in action today at the Munster Youths in Monkstown Golf Club.  Rumley shot a level par 70 to finish in a tie for third place, and his round was even more impressive when he had to contend with the worst of the weather.

Rumley had a challenging start, he was three over after nine following bogies on the 3rd, 6th and 8th holes.  He bounced back with birdies on the 10th and 11th, and he eagled the par five 15th hole.  A bogey on the closing hole brought him back to level par for his round, but it was still a very impressive round given Continue reading

Favourites though in Irish Junior Foursomes

Seven of the eight qualifiers for the Irish Junior Foursomes took place on Friday, and only one host club made it through to the next round.  Most venues had seven clubs battling for the two qualifying spots.  In Macroom, Blarney put on a great display of golf to finish five strokes ahead of second placed Muskerry.  Mitchelstown edged out North Cork opponents Mallow in Fermoy and in Cobh the form book won out as Continue reading

New handicap rules as qualifying returns

ConguMany clubs will see a return to qualifying conditions this week, and it will mark the start new handicap rules.  From January (and in practice this week), the number of upward revisions (+0.1) a golfer can receive will be limited to 10.  CONGU announced several changes last November, but the “point 1” is the change that is percieved to have the biggest impact for golfers.

This means that a golfers handicap can only increase by a one shot in 2016.  The new rules also take account of handicap reductions and it states that the one shot increase must be measured from your lowest playing handicap Continue reading

Monkstown set for Munster Youths

Monkstown will host the prestigious Munster Youths Open this week and this is another event in a line of high profile events held at the club in recent years.  In 2014 they hosted the ILGU National finals over five days and in 2008 they hosted the week long GUI Cups & Shields finals.

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Monkstown’s 18th fairway with the water hazard in the foreground. The course will host the Munster Youths from Wednesday to Friday. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Monkstown Captain Carl Toal is really looking forward to the event, especially considering the long run of poor weather endured by golfers locally.  “It was a difficult few months where the bad weather was relentless really said the Captain, “and like many courses in the area, we welcome the recent improvement and stretch in the evenings.  We are only back to playing 18 holes in the last two or three weeks. The course has stood up well considering the conditions we Continue reading